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Only dead fish go with the flow, or why career planning pays!

It’s coming up to the end of yet another busy year at work and your line manager has scheduled your performance review…yes, most of us experience that sick feeling of dread in the pit of our stomach as we start to look for a copy of our year’s performance objectives/plan.  We scratch our heads, metaphorically at least, and wonder what we can say this year to differentiate our performance from the rest of the workforce: demonstrate that our behaviours were congruent with the stated competencies or capabilities of the organisation and show that our actions have ‘added value’.

I’m guessing, based on personal experience and from talking to friends and associates, that you’ll have a couple of anxious moments, maybe the odd night -time wakening, even a ‘why didn’t I do/say that’ thought and you’ll spend maybe several hours retro-fitting your year’s work to the objectives you agreed back at the beginning of the year…

Now, imagine how it would feel to be looking forward positively to that meeting with your manager: in you walk, head held high, brimming with self-confidence and purpose, clear that your actions and behaviours have contributed to the effectiveness of the organisation, that you’ve made a positive contribution to the delivery of the team’s objectives and that you have even provided feedback and coaching to your manager?

By taking control of your career: by being clear about your purpose at work and your values and beliefs; and by ensuring that all these are brought together in a career plan, you can feel confident at work, you can progress your career and you can still be popular with your colleagues.

Lisa Birtles (LifeCareerCoaching) and Ruth Price (Minerva Consulting) have found their passion in life: helping others to reach their potential and, in 2014, they want to help YOU to reach yours.

They’ll be running an eight-week programme of face-to-face group sessions and supported home-based learning to help you:

  • Build your confidence and self-belief
  • Understand the importance of networking and social media
  • Build your tailored CV and prepare for interviews

They believe that even if you think your career has reached a dead-end, that you’ll never reach your full potential or you just don’t know where to start, they can help you change: take ownership of your career, develop your personal brand and market yourself successfully.

For a no-obligation discussion, call Lisa on 07815 058975 or Ruth on 07803 606346 and find out more about the career planning workshops that they’ll be running in a Manchester location starting at the end of January 2014.

Or continue to be a dead fish going with the flow.

(Written by Ruth N Price, Guest Blogger).

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